How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey for All Nationalities

How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey for All Nationalities

As a Philippine passport holder, I’ve had to apply for visas to many countries. Some processes have been easy, others more difficult. Applying for an e-Visa to Turkey has been one of the easiest so far.

With their e-Visa system that you can access online, applying for one was a cinch. Here’s how you do it.

What is an e-Visa?

An e-Visa is a document that allows you to enter Turkey as a tourist. You can apply and pay for it online from the comfort of your own home. If you’re eligible, approval is instantaneous and you’ll be able to print out your e-Visa within minutes.

Before 2015, travelers were allowed to purchase their tourist visas upon arrival in Turkey. Those were called “sticker visas” because a sticker would be pasted onto your passport. The government decided to transition to e-Visas in an effort to reduce waiting times at border crossings.

Who is Eligible for an e-Visa?

As of this writing, passport holders from a little over 100 countries can apply for an e-Visa to Turkey. CLICK HERE and scroll down to your country to see if you’re eligible.

How to Get an e-Visa to Turkey

So are you ready to apply for an e-Visa? Here’s a step-by-step process:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the red “Apply Now” button at the upper left corner of your screen.

How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey

  1. Select your country and travel document type and fill in the security verification field. Click “Save and Continue”.
  2. Enter your arrival date in Turkey. At this point, you’ll get important information about your e-Visa — validity period, number of entries allowed, visa application cost, and payment options. Please note that this information may vary from country to country.

    Being a Philippine passport holder, mine will be valid for 6 months and allows me a maximum stay of 30 days. The visa application fee in my case was USD 20.70 (with processing fee). Click “Save and Continue” to proceed.

How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey

  1. This next page is very important. It outlines the requirements that are specific to your country. You’ll need to be able to meet and check off all the requirements in order to continue.

    Being a Philippine passport holder, I needed a valid Schengen, US, UK, or Ireland visa to be eligible. These requirements may differ depending on your passport’s country of origin. If you meet the requirements, then check off all the boxes and click “Save and Continue” to proceed.

How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey

  1. Fill in all your personal information. All fields are mandatory. Please be sure to use the calendar pickers so dates are entered in the correct format. Otherwise, you’ll need to do it again.

    IMPORTANT: If your passport indicates a Middle Name, then you’ll need to include this in your application as well. Since there’s no field specifically for Middle Name, you’ll need to add it after your Given/First Name(s). If you click into that field, a tip box will appear with the following message:

    Type your name in the box as shown in your passport. If you have a middle/second name, type all the names right after your first name with a space in between…

    Click “Save and Continue” once you’ve entered all your information.

  2. You’ll then see this overlay asking you to check all information before proceeding. It’s VERY IMPORTANT that all details are correct and match your passport. Otherwise, your e-Visa will be declared invalid. Click “Verify” once you’re sure that all information is correct.

How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey

  1. After clicking “Verify”, you’ll receive an email asking you to verify your application. Be sure to check your junk folder if you didn’t get it. Open the email and click “Approve”.
  2. A new browser tab will open where you’ll need to enter your payment details. Enter the required information then press “Make Payment”.
  3. Once your payment has been approved, you’ll get to the page below indicating that your application has been completed. Click on “Download your e-Visa”. (You’ll receive a download link via email as well.) Print the PDF and bring it with you along with all necessary travel documents to Turkey.

How to Apply for an e-Visa to Turkey

NOTE: Just before getting to the final page above, you may see a loading icon with a message that your application is being processed. It’s important that you DO NOT close your browser window or navigate away from this page no matter how long it takes. Mine looped for several minutes before giving up and going to an error message. It then asked me to either refresh the page or contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for help. I refreshed the page and it instantly took me to the final page where I could download my e-Visa. Errors do happen so don’t panic if you encounter this.

Another thing, if you notice after getting approved that you entered a piece of information incorrectly, then you’ll need to re-apply online and pay for another e-Visa. All information must match your passport otherwise your e-Visa will be declared invalid.

So that’s about it. Pretty easy huh? If you have any questions, you can check out the FAQs page on their website. It’s comprehensive and will tell you everything you need to know. Good luck!


I’m not an expert on e-Visas to Turkey. Like you, I’m just a traveler. I’ll try to help as much as I can but please understand that my knowledge is finite and limited to my experience only. If you need answers to any pressing issues, then it’s best that you contact Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs directly.

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There are 69 comments for this article
  1. Ruzelle at 2:31 pm

    Very informative! Can you share also your itinerary for Turkey. Is it good for couples/family? Seems like it. This is the 1st blog I’ve read on it. Will research more but will definitely informative.

  2. JB Macatulad at 2:44 pm

    Hi Ruzelle, you can sign up for our free newsletter and download our 2-week itinerary to Turkey. On desktop, the signup widget is on the sidebar or on any of our Turkey travel guides. On mobile, you can sign up via the link in the main nav. Hope that helps and let me know if you have trouble signing up. ?

  3. Michelle Lynn Yuro at 9:08 pm

    Hi there,i just applied e-visa but somehow i miss to add my surname on my application.Do i have to re apply for an e-visa as the e-visa i have now does not have my surname.

  4. JB Macatulad at 8:30 am

    Hi Michelle, I’m afraid you do. A similar thing happened to me where I forgot to type in my middle name. To be safe, I just applied and paid again. The surname is even more important so I’d definitely do it again.

  5. Miss Cait at 7:42 pm

    hi! thanks so much for your informative post. I wanted to know what other documents they will ask at the airport to Turkey aside from my passport and evisa. Thank you!!!

  6. JB Macatulad at 7:45 pm

    You’re welcome Cait! We weren’t asked for anything else. They barely even looked at our evisas to be honest. 😆 Have a great time in Turkey!

  7. Hamid Talebi at 12:03 am

    First and foremost I am appreciating the admin of website who creates such a helpful content for foreigners who planning to come to Turkey. I am Immigrant consultant and want to mention some requirement for Turkish visa which I think it would be helpful to visitors:
    1. your passport validation needs to be more than 60 days to apply for E-Visa
    2. your are not supposed to have an epidemic potential diseases
    3. you need to have a health insurance for your trip
    4. According to Turkish government, Turkish Visa will not be issued to individuals who didn’t pay they past penalty on their residence permit validation
    to learn more please go to this link:

  8. cherry at 6:36 pm

    hi this is very helpful my friend is inviting me to go to turkey.can I get an evisa even its my first time to travel abroad?

  9. JB Macatulad at 9:44 am

    Hi Cherry, I think so. Previous travel experience helps but not having any doesn’t automatically disqualify you. Good luck and have an awesome time in Turkey. 🙂

  10. ebby at 9:06 pm

    Hi.. Can I still apply for e-visa even if i don’t have schengen visa, USA or UK visa??

  11. kate at 9:04 pm

    I have a schengen visa when i traveled to europe last May. will that be OK?

  12. Ann at 2:43 pm

    Hi! For proving your eligibility for e-visa, did you use a Schengen/US/UK/Ireland visa that has the validity dates coinciding within your trip dates to Turkey? Or did you use an expired one?

  13. Zenith leysa at 2:21 pm

    Hello.,dito po ako Costa Rica as tourist I’m planning to go turkey on August to attend wedding. I call embassy here to ask about visa. Sabi nila Filipino can apply E-visa kahit walang US valid visa.meron kaya dito naka try Mag apply e visa kahit walang valid visa? Thank you

  14. JB Macatulad at 7:26 pm

    Hi Zenith, sorry pero hindi ko alam eh. Sinubukan mo na magapply for an e-Visa? If the online system won’t allow you to proceed without a valid US or Schengen visa, then you may want to call the Turkish embassy again and ask them how you can apply for one. Good luck.

  15. ethel at 9:25 pm

    hi i want to ask Im holding a philippine passport with us visa but traveling from singapore what country should i put for region of my travel document?

  16. JB Macatulad at 8:18 am

    Hi Ethel, you aren’t working in Singapore yes? You’ll only be traveling from there? If so, then I think you still need to put Philippines.

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